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JD



Joined: 18 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Day 12 & 13: Atlantis. Like an old girlfriend.
Tomorrow: Day 14 at Silver Legacy (one night stand)
Then BACK to GSR for day 15 & 16 (THUR 8X points)

Just call me Portland Gambler (with apologies to snowboarders everywhere)
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salemgambler



Joined: 12 Aug 2015
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PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JD,
Love your posts and trip reports. I, too, am from OREGONE and have not had the same experience as you regarding Reno....and all that it has to offer. I'm more of a Vegas guy.......having recently spent a 8 days there ( Mar 22- 29th). I must admit that I am thinking of a Reno trip more and more than a Vegas trip. Drinks and comps in Vegas are much harder to come by now. Although I do have rooms & food options free in off strip, smaller casinos, I can see the future of that slowly coming to an end. I am thinking of a late Aug trip to Reno just to make future college football bets but room rates are way to high for Reno standards. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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spdmrcht



Joined: 12 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Apr Mon 10, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SG. If you came to Reno, a couple things I would check for better Room
prices are. Do any of the LV Casino hotels you visit have a casino in the
Reno/Tahoe area, might get you a better price. Also several of the smaller Local casinos have hotel rooms, and the Reno Transportation system can
get you any where else you want to go. Last but not least, Carson Valley
inn in minden has a small sports bar and very nice. The plus is it's only
about 30 min. From Tahoe. But you would have to rent a car at Reno
airport. Good luck,
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JD



Joined: 18 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Apr Tue 11, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'll find rooms, meals, comps are much easier to come by in Reno than Vegas. Plus, the downtown core provides walking distance to several choices. But when the too frequent ownership changes happen, points and comps disappear. If you have a Harrah's card, that might be your best bet.


I need to check out of Atlantis soon, so gotta get going. More later
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JD



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PostPosted: Apr Wed 12, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAY 15 at GSR ... swipe card at the kiosk ..." You have won two free nights at GSR..."



MANY new machines being prepped. "Virtual Craps, Roulette, Baccarat" and slots that appear to have hollowdeck characters and images.

I'm getting tired.
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CaSwede



Joined: 28 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Apr Wed 12, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: marathon fun Reply with quote

15 days? Wow, time flies when you are having fun. Thanks for the updates.
Oh, I think I found your lost shoe when you were in VC. It is (was?) located on Hwy 99 just south of Sacramento. I am not sure how it got there. I am also not sure of the color of the missing shoe, but it is now the same color as a truck tire.
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spdmrcht



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PostPosted: Apr Wed 12, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, 15 days! I've never been tired, I get broke way before that!
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JD



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PostPosted: Apr Thu 13, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Home bound tomorrow. Reply with quote

My first night in Virginia City.... actually my first $ 20 I won $ 1,000 on Dbl/Dbl bonus VP at the Mark Twain. Unfortunately, I had to take the hand pay from the bartender when I prefer the owner pay me. He just bought a few of those new goofy slot machines and he's hoping they'll be a big hit.

That $ 1,000 kept me going for most of the trip.

Oh...and I never used my Sands offer and today....another offer from Atlantis. And this time I lost at Atlantis so maybe NOW they'll actually hinor those previous fake offers.

GREAT rooms, offers, free play and food comps at GSR.
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john
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Joined: 17 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Apr Thu 13, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Mmmmm ribs Reply with quote

Hey JD, if you're at Atlantis next week, I'll spring for another round of Jack Daniels ribs at the Purple Parrot.
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alison



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PostPosted: Apr Thu 13, 2017 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much longer are you there? Wow!
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spdmrcht



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PostPosted: Apr Thu 13, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jd, hope ya got yur long handles on just looked at the webcam and downtown is getting is sideways.!!
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JD



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PostPosted: Apr Fri 14, 2017 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Left GSR at 6:30 am . 9 hours & 15 minutes drive time plus another 20 fuel and samich stop.

I forgot the story of my last night at GSR I drew the last of my $ 200 free play and THOUGHT I was playing 25 cent Dbl Dbl poker but must have drug my finger across the screen and saw my "credits" drop to zero. Damn....DOLLARS.... BONUS POKER DELUXE KK6K4 ....BAM!!! $ 400 4OK (Kings)...by accident.

My liver feels better already.

GSR & Boomtown moved way up on my list . BOTH have Fridges & microwaves in the rooms.... at least the ones I drew. AND both honor weekends. And neither tried to "upgrade " me for an additional fee.

I'm going to bed now... it is 9 pm after all.
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CaSwede



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PostPosted: Apr Sat 15, 2017 9:51 am    Post subject: It is over Reply with quote

Thanks for taking us along for the ride of your trip. I could never last as long as you can in the casinos.

Check in the bottom of your bag for that uncashed winning ticket. It may be the ticket to another Reno trip.
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JD



Joined: 18 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Apr Tue 25, 2017 3:29 pm    Post subject: Trip Report PS: Reply with quote

Interesting Post Script.....

So three weeks ago, one of my Virginia Street visits is always the Jade Bar at Harrah's. The second most senior Harrah's employee is Buzz, the bartender and he's just about the only Reno beertender I cannot stump at "Memba when Reno.....".

Well I had to go to the players club to get a new Harrah's card (and change the e mail address they have on file to one I actually check regularly). I thought it odd when she asked for my SSAN. "NO, you can't have my SSAN...You can have it when I have a W-2G win, not before. What do you need my SSAN for, anyway?".

I stood my ground, and refused to give them what they asked. Even Buzz thought that odd when I told him. And I DID get a replacement card.

NOW I get a letter from Harrah's: "Sorry but your request for a Harrah's Visa card has be declined because your full name does not agree with our records of your Total Rewards Account... You may contest this decision by contacting....blah, blah, blah..."

I never asked for a Total Rewards Visa Card. And I HATE this effort at data mining. The Hotel MIGHT have another credit card # I've used in the Hotel but this kinda freaks me out. AND is exactly why I TRY to use "JD" instead of full name as is on my driver's license. Some casinos allow "JD" and some will scan my driver's license (which IS linked at the DMV to my SSAN).

Now who to complain to....besides Buzz?

I will NOT be requesting another player's club card from Harrah's ever again.

OH.... and I found my lost shoe... In my cooler.

And my mail box is slowly filling with more offers.....
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spdmrcht



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PostPosted: Apr Tue 25, 2017 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with ya, I'm Platinum and the offers I get aren't worth walking
across the street for, let alone driving 5 hrs for. The free rooms aren't,
Resort fees put an end to that. The elevators are the pits! They only had one working an a whole convention of folks trying to get to check in. Then
half of the west towers weren't working, and if you got one it was way
over loaded. Other than that we ate good!
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